Twitter is continuing to drive wider NFT adoption with NFT profile pictures — bringing NFTs to the mainstream.
You might be one of the few people on Twitter who actually owns the handsome Bored Ape in your Twitter profile picture… but how would anybody know for sure? Could anyone really tell the difference if you were using a screenshot of somebody else’s Ape?
Well, thanks to Twitter’s new NFT verification tool, you can now effortlessly prove that whichever Crypto Punk, Bored Ape or Cool Cat acting as your profile picture truly belongs to you.
In 2021, we saw NFTs regularly selling for millions of dollars and the global NFT space grow into a $40 billion dollar industry.
Now, everybody wants a slice of the action. It’s no surprise that companies and celebrities alike are all jumping on the NFT bandwagon for fear of missing out on the next big tech trend.
The NBA is regularly releasing Top Shot moments, Snoop Dogg just launched his Bacc On Death Row NFT project, and in January, Twitter became the first of the social media giants to officially integrate NFTs into its ecosystem.
*In case you missed the memo, NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are one of a kind digital items, like artwork, with proof of ownership stored on a blockchain like Ethereum or Flow.
We first heard about Twitter’s NFT profile pictures back in September 2021 during the launch of its crypto tipping — a tool allowing you to tip other Twitter users in Bitcoin via the Strike app.
And after months of speculation, Twitter announced and then finally rolled out the feature on Jan. 20 this year.
Maybe you’ve already seen some other Twitter users with hexagon-shaped profile pictures? If so, they’re using their NFTs as their Twitter profile picture!
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How Does Twitter’s NFT Tool Work?
By relying on OpenSea to verify your NFT, Twitter technically never takes custody of it, and therefore avoids any and all responsibility for taking your NFT down if it’s plagiarized.
This is relatively easy to do — if you click on a hexagonal, NFT-profile picture, it will take you to the NFT’s page on OpenSea where you can see the collection details and contract address.
Given that plagiarism and theft are perennial problems in the NFT space, Twitter has done well to pass on responsibility for solving them to OpenSea. However, relying on OpenSea isn’t without costs.
Can Just Anyone Use an NFT as Their Profile Picture?
Not yet, as of February 2022, there are a few eligibility requirements in place.
For now, you can only upload your NFT from an iOS device, but rest assured that everyone will see your profile picture as a hexagon regardless of which device they’re viewing your profile from.
Twitter Blue is so far only available in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, so if you live elsewhere, you’re going to have to wait a while before Twitter will certify your handsome Ape as authentic.
Now that we’re clear on who can and can’t use an NFT for their Twitter profile picture, let’s learn how to set one up.
How Can You Set Your NFT As Your Profile Picture?
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- Open the Twitter app on an iOS device;
- Go to your Twitter profile;
- Click on “Edit profile;”
- Click on your profile photo icon;
- Select “Choose NFT;”
- Select the crypto wallet you use from the list;
- You’ll need to open up your crypto wallet to sign a transaction to verify that you hold the keys to the wallet storing the NFT;
- Once you’ve connected your wallet, select the NFT you want to use as your profile picture (it has to be on the Ethereum blockchain);
- Press “Done” and then “Save,” which will confirm your new NFT profile photo;
- Head back to Twitter, and you should see your new hexagonal NFT profile picture!
Why Is Twitter Only Now Getting Into NFTs?
The inclusion of NFTs into Twitter’s ecosystem follows the end of Jack Dorsey’s reign as Twitter’s CEO. Dorsey is widely credited with being the driving force behind Twitter’s recent moves into crypto, yet he famously holds a “Bitcoin only” philosophy.
Although NFT profile pictures were announced during Dorsey’s tenure, it’s possible that Dorsey’s Bitcoin puritan views have held the social media platform back from more ambitious and adventurous crypto-related projects.
Watch Out for NFT Scams!
With every big and exciting crypto or NFT-related announcement comes a plethora of scams, schemes and stolen cash.
Unfortunately, the launch of Twitter’s NFT profile pictures hasn’t bucked the trend, and more than a few people have been caught out and had their NFTs stolen.
Of those who have been caught out so far, most were duped into handing over their NFTs or crypto through phishing emails purporting to be from Twitter.
What Are Meta & TikTok Up To With NFTs?
So as Twitter becomes more immersed in crypto and NFTs and Meta explores an NFT marketplace, you might be wondering, what is TikTok up to?
Unfortunately, TikTok’s first foray into crypto and NFTs turned out to be a spectacular flop. In fact, two thirds of the video sharing app’s debut NFT collection hasn’t turned up yet, and probably never will.
By the time the first TikTok NFTs started dropping, two thirds of the all-star line-up had already backed out, leaving TikTok with no choice but to shelve the project and look for another avenue into NFTs.
Where Do Twitter & NFTs Go From Here?
It’s early days, but Twitter’s new NFT profile pictures have given cause for much optimism and celebration within the wider NFT community.
As we see more and more Twitter users with hexagonal profile pictures, more people will be exposed to NFTs and could start creating or collecting NFTs themselves.
As for the competition, Meta is lagging far behind and TikTok is frankly nowhere, which leaves Twitter the platform of choice for NFT artists and collectors.